Plymouth Business School

MSc Management

Increase your employability and sharpen your professional edge as you learn how to deliver creative and effective management solutions. The combination of taught and hands-on learning will help you accentuate your leadership talents and management skills, providing you with the capability to succeed. We welcome graduates and professionals with varied backgrounds, enabling you to learn from your peers and apply your existing skills and abilities throughout your future career in management.

Key features

  • Steer your career in a new direction with this programme designed to allow you to bring your experience and knowledge from a wide range of undergraduate disciplines and apply it to business management.
  • Give your employability an immediate boost with the new skills you’ll develop - this intensive and comprehensive programme would also suit professionals with little or no experience in business management.
  • Equip yourself with the foundations of business management expertise, as well as confidence using most advanced tools and theories in the industry, positioning you to become a successful manager of the future.
  • Carve out the career path which suits your individual interests by selecting two specialist modules in your third term.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • ACF713C Accounting and Finance

      The module aims to provide a foundation knowledge and understanding of the principles of accounting and corporate finance. The accounting section will examine published accounting information from a user¿s perspective. The corporate finance section will provide an introduction to some of the major issues involved in making corporate investment and financing decisions.

    • HRL710A Leadership and Management Essentials

      This module will provide learners with a rigorous framework of knowledge, skills and understanding concerning leadership and management that they will need whatever the degree of specialisation they later elect to follow.

    • HRL711 Human Resources and Talent Management

      The module provides an understanding of human resource management. It takes a critical approach to exploring issues and challenges in identifying, utilising and managing employees within organisations. In particular, it critically assesses the concept and application of talent management at both national and international levels.

    • MKT700A Marketing and Strategy

      The purpose of this module is to develop an understanding of the role of marketing and strategy in a range of contemporary organisations. It examines the major themes within the marketing arena and equips participants with the ability to evaluate and recommend appropriate actions to fulfil their objectives. Further to this, the module introduces key concepts and frameworks of strategy and develops students¿ abilities to apply appropriate analytical techniques used in strategic decision-making. The relationship between marketing and strategy and other business functions is explored. The module uses case studies to provide an integrative perspective on aspects of marketing and strategy within organisations.

    • STO700A International Business Environment

      This module provides a broad overview of the environment in which contemporary business organisations operate. It presents data sources and analytical approaches that can be applied to any specific sectors, industries and a range of locations through the world. Understanding the international business environment is a key aspect of organisational decision making and is critical to business success.

    • STO701 Knowledge Management and Decision Making

      Evidence has clearly shown that excellent business performance can only be achieved based on the right decisions underpinned by the effective management of knowledge. The ability to make good decisions is the mark of successful and promotable managers. This module introduces the major themes of integrated knowledge management and decision making (core concepts, processes, models), describing the key challenges of knowledge management and decision making under current business environment. It further develops an appreciation of knowledge management responses to decision requirements which need to meet the key challenges, and the important methods and technologies which can be used to support knowledge-based decision making. It will provide students with opportunities to develop key research, analytical and evaluation skills that would enhance decision makers¿ confidence in rational, evidence-based decision making to solve complex business decision problems.

    • STO704 Operations and Project Management

      This module will focus on the key challenges facing Operations and Project Managers. It will examine key topics such as the management of processes, quality improvement, capacity and demand management, project planning, resource scheduling and risk management, along with communication, organisation and leadership practices.

    Optional modules
    • ACF716SU International Environmental Economics

      Economic activities depend on natural resources and affect the natural environment. This module develops and applies economic theories and concepts relevant to the analysis of environmental problems. It explores policy options for dealing with environmental challenges at the national and international stage.

    • ENT704 Opportunity Identification, Launch and Growth

      The module provides the students with the opportunity to project manage the development of a viable and sustainable business idea, and understand the main concepts underpinning the process.

    • HRL714SU International HRM

      The module will introduce students to International and Comparative HRM issues. After appraising the implications of globalisation for HRM and labour, students will learn how to compare HRM across countries with the aid of cultural and institutional theories. HRM issues of Multinational Companies will be addressed. Finally, the focus will shift to arguments for and against international regulation of labour standards.

    • STO706 Operations Management for Competitive Advantage

      This module considers how to use business operations to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. Operations strategy will be highlighted, showing how it needs to inform and underpin the design and improvement of all operational processes to ensure increased cost efficiency and maximise operational effectiveness.

    • STO707SU Sustainable Supply Chains

      Today's businesses operate/manage supply chains that design, produce and deliver a diverse range of products and services. The complex, global nature of supply chains introduces significant issues around environmental and social responsibility and sustainable practice. This module introduces major themes of sustainability and investigates frameworks for understanding this increasingly important aspect of supply chains. It develops an appreciation of responses to sustainable supply chain issues and the decisions, techniques and technologies used.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Management programme specification 5335

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree, first or second class, or equivalent, in any discipline.

If English is not your mother tongue 6.5 IELTS with a minimum of 5.5 in any element in a secure English language test.

Plymouth University offers pre-sessional English language courses if you do not have this.

We welcome students from a broad range of disciplines who are keen to place their undergraduate discipline knowledge into the context of management.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,500 £9,500
International £14,000 £14,400
Part time (Home/EU) £500 £500
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Doctoral College is available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via

If you would like any further information please contact the Doctoral College:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Master Your Future – Faculty of Business Professoriate Scholarships

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